New gun laws go into effect Sept. 1 August 14, 2019 - 00:00 Posted in: News Calls for increased gun control, as well as incidents of gun violence particularly ones involving mass shootings, have dominated news coverage lately. Currently, Texas does require a license to openly carry a handgun in public, but not rifles. Texas is a “shall issue” state, which means applicants can be granted a ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!